COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Greater Nashua Mental Health is closely monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus) as the situation continues to rapidly evolve.

The health and safety of clients, staff, and visitors is of the utmost importance to us and we are taking proactive steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

We are working alongside federal, state and local health authorities leading and managing the COVID-19 response and preparedness measures and are following the latest recommendations from those sources. We have put in place the following measures to ensure we continue to provide care as safely as possible.

To date we are:

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning of our facilities and utilizing specialized cleaning products
  • Screening clients prior to appointments as well as at all our clinical sites
  • Asking clients to wear masks if they are showing positive symptoms
  • Enforcing a policy of social distancing among staff and clients
  • Asking staff to stay home if they are ill
  • Cancelling or postponing events and activities where large groups are likely to gather
  • Providing some services through the telephone when appropriate.

Most of all, we ask that you remain calm and know that the entire health system is working to respond and keep all of us safe.

You are not alone. We are here for you. Call your provider at (603) 889-6147 with any questions or concerns.

Our Emergency Services are available 24/7 at (800) 762-8191.

New Phone Numbers for Non-English Speakers

Spanish, Portuguese, and all non-English speakers can now call these new phone numbers for services directly through an interpreter! These will be permanent numbers.

Main Phone – Call 1-844-245-4458
24/7 Emergency Services – Call 1-844-245-4545

440 Amherst Street Facility Closing

For the safety of our clients and staff, our 440 Amherst Street facility will be closing effective April 2, until further notice. Walk-In Services have been suspended.

All other Adult Services will take place at 7 Prospect Street, and all Child, Adolescent & Family Services will take place at 15 Prospect Street.

If you need immediate assistance, call (603) 889-6147 during daytime hours or our 24/7 Emergency line at 1-800-762-8191 after hours. For hospital discharges, please call (603) 402-1574.

InteGreat Health Service Change

Our InteGreat Health service at our 7 Prospect Street location is currently CLOSED. Please do not go without needed medical care! Please call Lamprey Health Care at (603) 883-1626 if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms or need medical care.

Modified Access to 100 West Pearl Street

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have modified access to our Administrative Offices at 100 West Pearl Street, but we are still open for business. To speak with Medical Records or to access the building for deliveries, please call (603) 921-0427.

Resources & Verified Information

In our world of social media, varied news sites, and 24/7 information, it’s so important to read verified, fact-based sources for updates and resources you can use to stay healthy.

How It Spreads
Symptom
Prevention and Treatment
Preparing for the Coronavirus at Home
What to Do if You Have Symptoms
Frequently Asked Questions

NH 2-1-1- Information Information Hotline

211 NH is a resource to connect NH residents  to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. Do not hesitate to call 2-1-1 for information or support!

In the Rooms SUD Support Groups

In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from Substance Use Disorder and related issues. They embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

Please check out In the Room HERE.

COVID-19 Planning for Older Adults

The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of 65 stay at home, as they are higher risk of complications from COVID-19. This requires planning and thoughtful conversations.

Advice for People Over 60

Click HERE for some tips for personal household planning

Home Care Guidance

Prevent the Spread Guidance

Here are some additional tips for Medicare Beneficiaries

General Beneficiary Information

General Beneficiary Information (Spanish)

Medicare blog

 

NAMI NH Various Resources

NAMI NH INFOLINE
info@NAMINH.org or call 1-800-242-6264 (ext. 601 for general inquiries, ext. 602 to get info. for individuals 18+, ext. 603 to get info. for children/youth under 18).

NAMI NH FB SUPPORT GROUPS
https://www.naminh.org/find-support/online-support-groups/

PARENTS MEETING THE CHALLENGE
https://www.naminh.org/…/fam…/parents-meeting-the-challenge/

NAMI NH ONLINE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Contact Carol Lemelin at 603-664-2116

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Online Meetings

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) ONLINE MEETINGS

http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Online Meetings

NA (Narcotics Anonymous) ONLINE MEETINGS

https://virtual-na.org

Al-Anon Virtual Meetings

AL-ANON VIRTUAL MEETINGS

https://nhal-anon.org/virtual-meetings/

Peer Support Agencies in NH

The Peer Support Agencies (PSAs) are located throughout New Hampshire.
They are private not-for-profit agencies that have contracted with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH). Peer support agencies provide services to people with mental illness who are 18 years of age or older and self-identify as a recipient, former recipient, or as at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services.

Peer support consists of supportive interactions based on shared experience among people and are intended to assist people to understand their potential to achieve their personal goals. Interactions are based on trust, respect, and mutual support. Peer support agencies accomplish this by providing choice, using non-medical approaches to help, sharing decision making, encouraging informed decision making about all aspects of people’s lives, challenging perceived self-limitations, etc.

Currently they have phone support and warmlines running to help.

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/peer.htm

Talking to Kids About COVID-19

The Coronavirus Pandemic is a difficult topic for parents to explain to any child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. Many of these children process information in a concrete manner, prefer established routines, and need support to understand and interpret emotions.

Here is a simple and easy booklet to support you in these conversations.

Parents of Anxious Kids Support Group

For parents of school-aged kids or younger w/ anxiety and OC related disorders – every Tuesday starting 3/24 8:30pm EST

https://zoom.us/j/869740698

Virtual Yoga for All Recovery (Addictions, All Types, Cancer)

SATYA - Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action

Yoga is physically and mentally immensely beneficial!!

Join a Yoga in Recovery Session Hosted by Yoga in Action

That’s right enjoy Yoga from home with our trained instructors from Yoga in Action. These are for all levels and beginners are welcome. Come check it out from the comfort of home now on Zoom’s virtual video conference platform.

It’s free and easy to download. You do NOT need to turn your video on you can watch and follow along.

Click below to join at the scheduled time!

Live Yoga for Recovery

Monday. Wednesday, Friday at 11am

Thursday at 4pm

Yoga in Action Videos
Here, you can find prerecorded videos of guided meditations, chair yoga, breath-work, Yoga and Cancer classes and more.  These resources are presented by our Yoga in Action Faculty.
YIA online offerings

LIVE Yoga & Cancer via Zoom
Yoga and Cancer Community:  Maintain your practice through these uncertain times with your Y&C teachers!  Please join a class to get started. These classes are offered via Zoom.  If you need the Zoom app, you will be instructed to download it when you join the class.

Yoga and Cancer w/ Marissa McAleer
Mondays @ 4:15pm

Yoga and Cancer w/ Deana Cavan
Tuesdays @ 5pm

Yoga and Cancer w/ Michelle Couture
Wednesdays @ 3:30pm

LIVE Yoga for ALL Abilities via Zoom
These classes are open to our existing Yoga for ALL Abilities clients and their care providers.  Enjoy chair and/or mat based classes for clients with disabilities including traumatic brain injury, developmental, intellectual and/or physical challenges.
Yoga for All Abilities w/Maria Cousins

Tips for Parents/Caregivers – Your Executive Skills & Remote Learning

Our kids are at home, with the expectation that they will continue to learn while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. If this causes chest pains, shortness of breath, or full-blown panic as you figure out how to navigate your kids’ schooling while you’re doing all the other things you have to do to keep your lives stitched together during this challenging time, you are not alone.

Here is a great resource for all of us NON-teachers. You CAN do this! And you don’t need to be perfect. Let’s navigate this temporary new normal at home – together. Read this great resource here!

Parents – Virtual Help from the Office of Student Social & Emotional Wellness

The NH Office of Student Social & Emotional Wellness offers virtual supports for parents, as you navigate this new world of kids learning at home (and everything else!)  Please check out the following:

Morning Coffee Chats

Join the OSEW team for a 30-minute coffee break every weekday at 9:00am on Facebook Live!

Topics:

·    Self-Care (3/25)

·    Building Strong Relationships (3/26)

·    Setting Positive Expectations and Boundaries (3/27)

·    Exercise and Nutrition (3/30)

·    Care for Others (3/31)

·    Stress Management (4/1)

·    Internet Safety (4/2)

·    Strategies for Assisting Parents in Emotionally Supporting Children (4/3)

The Afternoon Bell

When the school day comes to an end, hope onto Facebook for a 3:00-3:30pm livestream from OSEW.

Topics:

·    Disappointment (3/25)

·    Sticking to the Schedule: How Time Management Can Improve the Remote Learning Experience (3/26)

·    Self-Care (3/27)

·    Motivation (3/30)

·    Sleep Routines to Promote Learning and Well-being (3/31)

·    Everyday Conflict Resolution for Families in the Remote Learning Environment (4/1)

·    Sense of Purpose (4/2)

·    SEL and Chores (4/3)

Remote Learning Academy

Join the Zoom meeting online

Phone in: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 7183602519

These hour-long, information-packed sessions will take place at 2:00pm and again at 6:00pm on Zoom.

Topics:

·    Introduction to Virtual Instruction: Creating a Supportive Learning Environment (3/27)

·    Student Wellness Strategies and Resources during Remote Learning (3/30)

·    Managing Student Behavior Online (3/31)

·    Best Practices for Reducing Student Anxiety in Remote Learning Environments (4/1)

·    Engaging Students in Collaborative Learning Activities Using Virtual Classroom Technology (4/2)

Parents – Tools and Tips from the Department of Education

#NHLearnsRemotely

As the State of NH shifts to a remote instruction + remote supports = remote learning model in response to COVID-19, the Department of Education has supports for communities, educators, and students and their families.

Their new resource website contains guidance and strategies for educators, caregivers, and students to explore as we all transition to this time of remote learning.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline and chat available to anyone in the U.S. in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in their national network of crisis centers.

You are NEVER ALONE.

National Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, text-based support for those in crisis. To use this resource, just text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Texters can discuss a wide range of issues, including anxiety (including around the Coronavirus), depression, and more. To learn more, check out their website: https://www.crisistextline.org/

Resources for People Experiencing Domestic Violence

For those isolated at home in an unsafe situation during the COVID-19 national emergency, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has suggestions for staying safe.

Please read these thoughtful and important resources HERE. Always still call 911 if you are in an unsafe situation.

Extension of Federal Food Assistance Program (WIC)

Due to the COVID-19, area providers are now able to extend one month of a federal food assistance program to young families without verifying their income and without impacting those with greater need.
Income verifications are now being entirely overlooked for the first 30 days for WIC. The program provides food assistance and nutrition support.
In New Hampshire and many other states, the program electronically and automatically loads recipients’ benefits onto their unique, debit card-like WIC card.
Recipients use their WIC card at grocery store registers to cover the costs of a certain monthly quantity of nutrition-rich staples like eggs, milk, fruit, vegetables, infant formula and whole-grain breads, rice, pasta and cereals.
More information about WIC benefits and eligibility can be found at fns.usda.gov/wic.

OCD Support Group

OCD SUPPORT GROUP

Open to individuals & family members – every Thursday starting 3/19 at 8:30pm EST

https://zoom.us/j/673409624

RecoverYdia AA Meetings and Live Peer Support Meetings

RecoverYdia is offering AA meetings 7 days a week at 6:30am, 12pm, and 7pm, and you may also request a Live Peer Support meeting: https://www.recoverydia.com/digital-peer-support

Here are a few recent changes in our state to support citizens during the unsure financial impact of COVID-19:

Emergency Order #17: All businesses and other organizations that do not provide Essential Services shall close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public and cease all in person operations as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and shall not re-open to workers, customers or the public or resume in person operations before 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020.

Emergency Order #3: All providers of electric, gas, water, telephone, cable, VOIP, internet service, and deliverable fuel services will be prohibited from disconnecting or discontinuing service for non-payments for the duration of the State of Emergency.

Emergency Order #4: Landlords will not be allowed to start eviction proceedings for those unable to pay due to their financial situations. To do so would be against the law. All judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions will also be prohibited during the state of emergency.

Emergency Order #5: Individuals who are unable to work or who have reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have immediate access to unemployment benefits. Anyone in the following situations will now be eligible for state unemployment: If your employer temporarily closes due to COVID-19; Individuals that need to self-quarantine or are directed to quarantine at the instruction of a health care provider, employer or government official; Individuals that need to care for a family member that has COVID-19 or is under quarantine; Individuals that need to care for a dependent because of school closures, child care facility closures or other similar types of care programs; Self-employed individuals that are temporarily unable to operate their business because of any of the above listed situations will also be eligible. Please visit www.nhes.nh.gov or call 603-271-7770 for more information.